If I had any sense of timing at all, I would’ve blogged this review of Beefeater’s Crown Jewel gin two week’s ago, when the Queen was celebrating her 90th birthday. Everything that day came glossed with some tenuous royal glitter, and this gin would’ve slotted right in.

To be fair, […]

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It has been a while since I did a gin tasting. I’d like to claim this is down to me embracing a more sober, healthy lifestyle. One that sees me knocking back the soda water, choosing early nights, morning workouts and coconut oil. But it isn’t. It’s because no one has sent […]

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Shepherd’s Pie

On February 24, 2016 By

There was a time when I always knew what we were going to eat for dinner. That time was when my mum was in charge. Sunday was a roast, obviously. If it had been a roast chicken, then there would be chicken soup and dumplings on Monday. Wednesday was cod in parsley […]

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Masala Hot Chocolate

On January 31, 2016 By

This winter in London has been very back and forward. One day it’s warm pavements, milky sunshine and the squeak of new grass growing in the park. The next it’s grey wool skies, rain in buckets and wind that chills your heart. It feels lees like winter and more like more like […]

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A office Christmas party without alcohol is basically an after hours meeting. One without an agenda, obvious end time or biscuits. It’s a prospect too horrible to consider. So when our department do hoved into view, I made sure to kick start it with some miracle gin.

“Miracle gin?” you ask, possibly unable to comprehend how much […]

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Very clearly a breakfast drink

I’ll begin this post with a disclaimer: I know Emma Stokes, aka GinMonkey, the author of The Periodic Table of COCKTAILS. We have drunk more than a little gin together, so the chances of this review being unbiased are very […]

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for gin

It’s summer, which means parties, picnics, barbecues and sitting on the pavement outside the pub, drinking pints and feeling very continental. If Christmas is the height of winter drinking, then summer is when we put on our booze bikinis […]

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The power of beer is strong

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a scheme to set up a new brewery in Lewisham, called Ignition Brewery. My friend Nick O’Shea was trying to win funding to set it up with Lewisham Mencap, creating jobs for adults with […]

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Finger lickin’ chicken

Tequila was always an 11.30pm drink for me. The first drink ordered once we were through the night club doors. Staggering with booze, lit up with the joy of drunkeness and afraid the wait in the queue might have sobered us up, tequila was what […]

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Backlit barman descends from on high with gin. Good

When I started this blog in 2009 I thought I’d have reviewed all the gins within a year and could then move on to the important job of reviewing crumpets. Lovely, buttery crumpets. But 7 years have passed and I am […]

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